459 | From John Pownall

    London. March. 29. 1766.

    Dear Sir,

    If I was to enter into a conversation with you upon the Subject of what has happened on your side of the Water and the consequences on this, I should but weary you on a subject not the most pleasing & bring back to my recollection many disagreable circumstances, and therefore I will turn my thoughts from it, wishing that what has been done or rather undone may turn out for the best.

    The sincere & afft. regard I have for you will not however suffer me to turn away my attention from this business in any point in which it may have relation to your Interest, Safety and happiness, for every one of which Considerations I think it highly expedient that you should endeavour to move yourself into some other situation — the reason which principally induces me to be of this Opinion is the use of which has been made of those Letters which were not only wrote in Office but even private Confidence to me your ffriend and which, in the same confidence I having communicated to H M Ministers, have in consequence of a promise ^of all papers^ to Parliamt — more candid than cautious been carried before ^both^ houses, and had I not exorted every Influence & Interest (both which however are very small) would have been printed — as it is, they are but too publick, and I observe in the protest of the House of Lords against the bill for repeal, that in one clause where they state the supposed motives for the Conduct of the Colonies they urge that if thier intention to render the Authority of Parliamt. contemptible, & have quoted your name, & words used in one of your Letters,1 —— The disagreable consequences which might follow to you from the publication of these Letters was not unforseen or disregarded by the ministers, for soon after the promise was made, Genl. Conway was alarm’d & sent to me about it, and from what passed I concluded that every part & expression that might do you prejudice would have been left out, but I afterwards saw the whole brought it,2 and in consequence told Genl. Conway that I thought nothing remaind to be done but to send you immediately leave to come home; but this was thought un^a^dvisable.

    Under these circumstances you must judge for yourself what is proper to be done and beleive me that in anything you either wish or desire to have done you will ever find me.

    Dr Sir Your most faithfull & affctly Sincere humble Servt.

    J Pownall.

    ALS, RC      BP, 10: 354-357.